Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dutch Babies

Want to dazzle your family on Christmas morning?  Make them a Dutch Baby!  It's a little amazing what three eggs can do when beaten together with some flour and milk.  Quite the show stopper.  Your kids will think you're a genius.

When everyone is finished opening presents and your husband is cleaning up the mess (because that's what husbands should do!), slip into the kitchen and throw this together.  It takes five minutes to mix up the eggs, milk, flour and butter.  Pop it into the oven for 20-25 minutes and you've got breakfast.

You can finish it a ton of different ways....simply squeeze some lemon juice on top and sprinkle with some powdered sugar or do what I did and pile some fresh berries in the center.  If you've got a little extra time, some sauteed pears or apples (or pears and apples) would be delish.

Here's the recipe:

Dutch Baby
The Breakfast Book, Marion Cunningham

3 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Toppings of your choice.

Preheat the oven to 450 deg. F.  Butter one 12-inch skillet or four 6-inch small skillets (with ovenproof handles) or pans (you can use small pie pans or cake pans).

Break the eggs into a mixing bowl and beat until thoroughly mixed.  Add the milk and blend well.

Sift the flour and salt together and slowly whisk into the egg mixture.  Whisk until smooth. Add the melted butter and mix briskly so the batter is smooth.

Pour the batter into the pan or pans and bake for 15 minutes at 450 deg.  If you using small pans, they will be done after 15 minutes.  If you are baking just one big pancake, reduce the beat to 350 deg. F and bake for another 5-10 minutes.

Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and finish to your liking.

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